Good Powders for 40 S&W

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by mikea5232, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. mikea5232

    mikea5232 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    What is a good powder for the 40 s&w I picked up myself a XDM today and now i need some powder.
  2. Shellback

    Shellback New Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Broken Arrow Ok
    I reload 40SW I use 5.4 gr universal clays 165 gr JHP. It is a good clean powder. I have asked the same question you have and got limited replys. I really like this powder because I use it for 12 gauge loads. I have limited expereince with others though. I started out using 4.8 grains of universal and worked up. 5.4 seems to be the load I prefer, hope this helps...

  3. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    FEMA Region II
    Unique is good.
  4. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 New Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    I have tried a few, mostly Hodgdon brands and have settled on Longshot. I like 165gr and 180gr bullets and can use 7.5gr of Longshot for both weights and get good, clean, accurate bullets with good velocity.
    I like Longshot because the velocity and pressures are very good.
  5. mikea5232

    mikea5232 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    thanks alot for the info. i have unique so i will try that.
  6. SDefender

    SDefender New Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    The following is out of a Glock 27, 3.5" barrel with the chrono start sensor @ 10 feet. Used 7.6 grains of Longshot and CCI primers. 7.8 gave me slightly greater velocity (1077), but the SD, 95% and ES doubled. Also tried Federal, Winchester and Remington primers, with Remington giving me 100 FPS greater velocity, but need to retest the Remington primers. The recoil I considered in the moderate-plus range.

    Longshot is my chosen HP/SD powder in .40 S&W. In .45 auto it is AA #5.

    String 42 Zero 165 JHP .40 / 1.125" COAL Power Factor= 176 7.6 grains Longshot
    E.S.: 19
    Ave.: 1068.3
    S.D.: 6.2
    95%: 7.1
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I use 5.5 grains of Accurate #5 pushing a 180 grain bullet. A little on the mild side but it shoots good.

    EDIT: I have also used Accurate #7 and Titegroup, also. All seem to work fine
    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  8. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Power pistol was developed specifically for the 40 and that is what I use. I use a 155 gr bullet over 8.0 gr of PP. It gives me great accuracy.
  9. bobkreeger

    bobkreeger New Member

    May 14, 2009
    Powell, Ohio
    Unique, Power Pistol, Accurate #5. All are good in .40 S&W:)
  10. techoca

    techoca New Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    1+ to gmoody's load. That is what I load for my M&P 40. It is a great target load.

  11. scotdj2

    scotdj2 New Member

    May 12, 2009
    I use 4.8gr. of tightgroup in a 165gr.jrn in both XD & XDM. works real good.
    measures real well and go's a long way.
  12. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    BULLSEYE.... good for just about everything from .25 to .45
  13. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Depending on what bullet, weight and use I'm loading for, my three most common choices are SR7625, Blue Dot and Bullseye.
  14. 50,000 rounds of .40 using W231 can't be wrong!
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